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Beyond a World Health Assembly resolution: how to implement and institutionalize social participation and accountability?

January 18 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm UTC+0

Since the launch of the WHO Handbook on Social Participation for UHC in 2021, there has been growing political leadership among WHO Member States on social participation, leading to the proposal of a resolution to be adopted by the 77th World Health Assembly in May 2024. The agenda of social participation – and social accountability – is strongly supported by a range of civil society actors, including those who engaged in dialogues with the WHO Director General in 2021 and continue to participate in consultations with the Member State co-chairs of the proposed resolution, Slovenia and Thailand.

In this session, the organizers, after introducing the draft WHA resolution scheduled for consideration at EB154, already looked at the next steps and explore avenues and best practices for institutionalizing and sustaining social participation at national level. We heared from the pen holders of the WHA resolution about their ambitions and also from Member States and civil society on realities and expectations regarding the current implementation of social participation and accountability.


  • Welcome 
    Thomas Schwarz, MMI Network
  • From national commitments to a WHA resolution
    Vesna Kerstin Petrič, Head, Office for Collaboration with WHO, Ministry of Health, Slovenia
    Nanoot Mathurapote, Head Global Collaboration Unit, National Health Commission Office, Thailand
    talking with Margot Nauleau, Save the Children
  • Leaving no one behind – experience from Argentina on social participation
    Paloma Loreti Gambaccini, Fundacion Huesped, SPHERE consortium
  • Youth-led social accountability – experience from Kenya
    Margaret Wanja, Youth for Sustainable Development (YSD – Kenya)
  • Building inclusive and equitable health systems though social participation
    Suraya Dalil and Kira Koch, WHO Secretariat
  • Discussion: How can a WHA resolution contribute to advancing social participation and accountability
    moderated by Margot Nauleau, Save the Children
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January 18
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm UTC+0
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Save the Children
Geneva Global Health Hub: G2H2
Medicus Mundi International Network